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Congo red

  

      n   a brownish-red soluble powder, used as a dye, a diagnostic indicator, a biological stain, and a chemical indicator. Formula: C32H22N6O6S2Na2  
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Congo  
      n  
1    People's Republic of the. a republic in W Central Africa: formerly the French colony of Middle Congo, part of French Equatorial Africa, it became independent in 1960; consists mostly of equatorial forest, with savanna and extensive swamps; drained chiefly by the Rivers Congo and Ubangi. Official language: French. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: franc. Capital: Brazzaville. Pop.: 2658000 (1998 est.). Area: 342000 sq. km (132018 sq. miles),   (Former names)    Middle Congo   until 1958  
Congo-Brazzaville  
2    Democratic Republic of the. a republic in S central Africa, with a narrow strip of land along the Congo estuary leading to the Atlantic in the west: Congo Free State established in 1885, with Leopold II of Belgium as absolute monarch; became the Belgian Congo colony in 1908; gained independence in 1960, followed by civil war and the secession of Katanga (until 1963); President Mobutu Sese Seko seized power in 1965; declared a one-party state in 1978; Sese Seko, accused of corruption on a massive scale, was overthrown by rebels in 1997. The country consists chiefly of the Congo basin, with large areas of dense tropical forest and marshes, and the Mitumba highlands reaching over 5000 m (16000 ft.) in the east. Official language: French. Religion: Christian majority, animist minority. Currency: Congolese franc. Capital: Kinshasa. Pop.: 49001000 (1998 est.). Area: 2344116 sq. km (905063 sq. miles),   (Former names)    Congo Free State   1885--1908  
Belgian Congo   1908--60  
Congo-Kinshasa   1960--71  
Zaïre   1971--97  
3    the second longest river in Africa, rising as the Lualaba on the Katanga plateau in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and flowing in a wide northerly curve to the Atlantic: forms the border between the People's Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo Length: about 4800 km (3000 miles). Area of basin: about 3000000 sq. km (1425000 sq. miles).,   (Former Zaïrese name (1971--97))    Zaïre  
4    a variant spelling of Kongo (the people and language)  
  Congolese      adj, n  


Belgian Congo  
      n   a former name (1908--60) of (the Democratic Republic of the) Congo (sense 2)  
Benue-Congo  
      n  
1    a branch of the Niger-Congo family of African languages, consisting of the Bantu languages together with certain other languages of W Africa  
      adj  
2    relating or belonging to this group of languages  
congo eel   , snake  
      n   an aquatic salamander, Amphiuma means, having an eel-like body with gill slits and rudimentary limbs and inhabiting still muddy waters in the southern U.S.: family Amphiumidae  
Congo Free State  
      n      a former name (1885--1908) of (Democratic Republic of the)       Congo       2  
Congo red  
      n   a brownish-red soluble powder, used as a dye, a diagnostic indicator, a biological stain, and a chemical indicator. Formula: C32H22N6O6S2Na2  
Democratic Republic of the Congo  
      n      the. See       Congo       2  
Middle Congo  
      n   one of the four territories of former French Equatorial Africa, in W central Africa: became an autonomous member of the French Community, as the Republic of the Congo, in 1958  
Niger-Congo  
      n  
1    a family of languages of Africa consisting of the Bantu languages together with most of the languages of the coastal regions of West Africa. The chief branches are Benue-Congo (including Bantu), Kwa, Mande, and West Atlantic  
      adj  
2    relating to or belonging to this family of languages  

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